Nigeria to call up Arsenal youngster Chuks Aneke for Argentina friendly

Aneke to get first Super Eagles' call up for Albiceleste game in Abuja...

Nigeria coach Samson Siasia is expected to include Arsenal starlet Chukwuemeka 'Chuks' Aneke in the Super Eagles' squad that will face Argentina in a friendly in Abuja on June 1.

Last week, Siasia met and convinced the young midfielder, who has represented England at Under 18 level, to switch his international future to Nigeria, and has now said he will bring him in as early as next month.

Aneke is described as an incisive, intelligent ball playing midfielder on the Arsenal website. The 6"1 creative player has said he is inspired by former Gunners captain Patrick Viera.

Aneke signed a professional contract with the Gunners in July 2010 when he turned 17 and has become a major part of the Arsenal Reserves, wearing jersey number 34.

For what might seem like desperation on his part to claim Aneke for Nigeria, Siasia said that "we will invite him to come and have a feel of our squad, meet with the other players, see how we do things, and bond with the team."

Aneke will be joined by at least one of the other players Siasia has met in his travels. Nigeria have looked to getting back their eligible players since Siasia became coach. He has spoken to Newcastle's Shola Ameobi, Wigan's Victor Moses and Bayer Leverkusen's Sydney Sam.

Many of them have spoken of how impressed they are with his plans for the future of the Eagles and have given him a positive answer. However, Sunderland's Nedum Onuoha has held out on committing to the country of his birth.

"We would have liked to bring all of them, but we also have to look at the NFF's financial position.

"But it's important for these boys to come in and see that things are actually changing and they can have a better international future with Nigeria.

"Our focus is the 2014 World Cup, and some of these players will be at their peak by the time it comes around," said Siasia, according to

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